A jointly-hosted challenge designed to open our eyes to the issues our society still faces today, this one allows you to change your participation monthly based on the topic and the other events in your life. From the website itself:
Reading opens new worlds to us and can sometimes expose the injustice in our own. We have all been powerfully moved by the injustice we have learned about in books and decided we wanted to host a reading project that would encourage us to learn more about these issues in the world.
It can sometimes be overwhelming and disheartening to read about the powerful obstacles others in the world face. So this reading challenge is different. Not only will we be encouraging you to learn about issues of social injustice in the world through books, essays, blogs, and other media–we will also be challenging you to take an action step and make a difference as a result of what you’ve learned. Let’s put our knowledge into action and make a difference!
We have chosen to focus each month on a different area of social injustice in the world. During that month, we are asking that you read something from the list of resources or watch something suggested by that month’s host. That will complete step one of this challenge: Learn.
Throughout the month we will also be posting ways you can make a difference in this area. Don’t worry, we will provide several different options at many different levels of commitment. The important thing is to take an action step towards doing something to change things! That fulfills step 2–Take Action.
We realize that as the year goes on some months will be busier for you than others. Some themes may be more important to you personally than others. So the challenge is customizable each month to fit your needs by the month.
When you sign up the Social Justice Challenge you are committing to 12 months participation. The amount you participate each month, however, is up to you.
- Activist–At this level you are agreeing to participate fully in the activities of the month. You will read at least one full length book as well as choosing something from the other media list. You will also complete an action step. By signing up for the challenge, you agree to do a minimum of 3 months at this level. You do not have to decide which months in advance.
- Intern–You agree to either read something from the reading resources (it can be an essay or children’s book) or choose to do something from the other media list. You will complete an action step. You do not have to decide which months in advance.
- Volunteer– You agree to read at least one of the recommended blog posts, essays or shorter novels. You will complete an action step. You do not have to decide in advance which months they will be.
- Observer — Need a break? Just follow along with the blog for the month. This month has no commitment level. You can only do a maximum of three months at this level.
I can’t wait to get started, can you?
Between January 1 and December 31, 2010, read one book in each of the following categories:
- A book with a food in the title: Clockwork Orange, Grapes of Wrath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- A book with a body of water in the title: A River Runs through It, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, The Lake House
- A book with a title (queen, president) in the title: The Murder of King Tut, The Count of Monte Cristo, Lady Susan
- A book with a plant in the title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Wind in the Willows, The Name of the Rose
- A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Out of Africa; London; Between, Georgia
- A book with a music term in the title: Song of Solomon, Ragtime, The Piano Teacher
I have no idea what I am going to read yet, but I know I already have books that fill these requirements on my shelves! This is going to be so much fun!
Are there any other challenges I seem to be missing? Which ones are you looking forward to the most?
Michelle – I know what you mean. I am wavering between reading books and seeing if they fit the requirements or specifically picking books for the challenges. We shall see!
I'm looking forward to the What's in a Name challenge as well. I've got to do a bit of leg work to choose books, titles aren't my strong suit. haha
Thanks, Beth! My problem is my OCD tendencies all but require me to complete these challenges. It's one of the things I need to work on for 2010. I'm really looking forward to the What's In a Name challenge though!
Welcome to the What's in a Name challenge! So glad you decided to join.
Don't worry about challenges — there are no challenge police. Just do your best and have fun. I always fail several. It's no big deal.
Jodie – I will admit I'm a little nervous. I really did not participate in challenges last year as I was still getting my feet wet in the blogging world. We shall see if I have bitten off more than I can handle.
Looking forward to The Social Justice challenge, as well as the GLBT challenge. I am determined not to go challenge overboard this year though.